July2016

Leicester’s live music in July

Our round-up of gigs
and musical happenings
in Leicester and Leicestershire

for the month of July 2016.

MIL’s team of reporters and photographers have been busy, getting out there to bring you their sample of what they have heard and seen this month.

But we need more!  Write for us.  Go to gigs, see bands and tell us about it.

Here is our list of gigs coming up.

Latest dates get added from the top.

30th July

Britain’s got Reggae

An event was held in Leicester at the Highfield Rangers football club, between 12 noon and 7 p.m. The event was promoted by City Link-up Promotions and Cecil Reuben events. This was the finals of the series called Britain’s Got Reggae festival.

Following the event Cyrlene Braithwaite said (on Facebook)

“Well what can I say.. what a day yesterday I can honestly say and I ain’t gonna lie. Everything that could have went wrong did. A serious accident on the M1 caused things to be behind that had a knock on affect on the event in terms of artists, musicians & judges being delayed on their journey and affecting the timings on the day and things being delayed. NEVERTHELESS The day turned out to be a great success. Firstly the SUN SHONE DOWN ON US and from the start I had NO DOUBT IT WOULD! Seeing all the beautiful faces, children enjoying themselves and generally being a really trouble free pleasant day that everyone seemed to enjoy. I want to thank EVERYONE that was involved that helped to make the day a great success the all the judges, artists, musicians, bands, stall holders, stage men, sound men, black lives matter volunteers from Nottingham, the videographers, photographers, BGR team, and all the beautiful people that travelled from near and far and supported the event. Big thank you to Highfield Rangers for giving us the go ahead to use such a fantastic venue to hold this event Thank you for the support and all the hoop jumping that had to be done to accommodate us.W

MIL has previously covered events organised by City Link-up in Leicester

City Link-up (November)

City Link-up (October)

City Link-yp (september)

Justene Whyte at the City Link-Up show

Justene Whyte at the City Link-Up show in October 2013
Photo Kevin Gaughan

Find out more by going to the City Link-up page on Facebook.

29th July

Broken Witt Rebels

for Casbah Music Management’s first anniversary show.

Broken Witt Rebels in Leicester, July 2016

Broken Witt Rebels in Leicester, July 2016

We were at The Soundhouse tonight to see Tom McCartney, The Jav’lins and headliners Broken Witt Rebels.

The show marked the first anniversary of music promoters Casbah Music Management.

29th July

Aztec Temples

at O2, Leicester.

Aztec Temples were on stage tonight at the Leicester O2 Academy with Greg Poole supporting Bill Ryder-Jones.

Aztec Temples at Leicester O2, July 2016. Photo: Kevin Gaughan.

Aztec Temples at Leicester O2, July 2016. Photo: Kevin Gaughan.

See photos by Kevin Gaughan from the acts appearing at this show.

Bill Ryder-Jones at the O2 Academy, Leicester, 29/07/16

Kevin Gaughan was there to take photos and these can be seen on his Facebook page. (You will have to be logged into a FB account to see them)

Watch this video (by Kevin Gaughan) of Aztec Temples performing their song Holywood at this show.

Read our reature article on Leicester’s Aztec Temples.

28th July

What You Sayin’

at The Shed.

Each month Poetman holds a spoken word night called What You Sayin’

Poetman. 2015. Photo: RhinoFeroSs.

Poetman. 2015.
Photo: RhinoFeroSs.

Poets, rappers and comedians come to the mic to present their work. It is always work of a high standard and very entertaining. I read my latest poem, The Masquerade.

Trevor Locke at What You Sayin'. Photo: Pascal Pereira. 2016.

Trevor Locke at What You Sayin’.
Photo: Pascal Pereira. 2016.

These events are well attended and offer a wide variety of material.

Upstairs there was a acoustic evening that offered singers who were no less entertaining. The first act on the main stage as Oscar Wright.

Guitarist Oscar Wright in 2014. Photo: Mat Borland.

Guitarist Oscar Wright in 2014. Photo: Mat Borland.

He sang a selection of songs, accompanying himself on the guitar. An artist with considerable charm, he came across as a song writer of impressive ability when performing is own compositions. Various others on stage that night are note worthy: Steve Young and Nile McGreggor to name but two. Young’s set of ‘country music with an acoustic pop/folk twist, was very enjoyable. He was from London.

A very pleasant evening out.

23rd and 24th July

Our team was at the Simon Says festival

Kevin Hewick at Simon Says 2016. Photo: Pascal Pereira Photography.

Kevin Hewick at Simon Says 2016.
Photo: Pascal Pereira Photography.

Read our coverage for Saturday.

Read our coverage for Sunday.

19th July

Albany in Leicester

Albany was the headline band tonight

Albany at The Shed, 19th July 2016. Photo: Pascal Pereira.

Albany at The Shed, 19th July 2016.
Photo: Pascal Pereira.

The band is based in Lincoln

Albany at The Shed, 19th July 2016. Photo: Pascal Pereira.

Albany at The Shed, 19th July 2016.
Photo: Pascal Pereira.

Their genre is Britpop, Indie and Rock and Roll

Albany at The Shed, 19th July 2016. Photo: Pascal Pereira.

Albany at The Shed, 19th July 2016.
Photo: Pascal Pereira.

The members are Matt Duke – Vocals/Guitar, Chris Fletcher – Bass, Daniel McLagan – Guitar and Dan Sharratt – Drums

Albany at The Shed, 19th July 2016. Photo: Pascal Pereira.

Albany at The Shed, 19th July 2016.
Photo: Pascal Pereira.

Albany was founded in April 2006 in Coventry.  They say in their Facebook page that ‘Albany are an up and coming britpop band from the UK. Their only goal is to bring back the raw sounds so defined the British music industry. Appealing to everyone, Albany are set on course to becoming one of the biggest bands of the 21st century.’

Our photographer Pascal saw them and he said they were very good.

Find out more about Albany

Listen to Albany on SoundCloud.

Albany at The Shed, 19th July 2016. Photo: Pascal Pereira.

Albany at The Shed, 19th July 2016.
Photo: Pascal Pereira.

16th July

Aztec Temples
at the Cookie

with Faux Pas and The Vim Dicta

Straight from Enderby to the Cookie. As I walk in through the smoking area I notice the sign above the main door.

Tonight Aztec Temples at The Cookie, July 2016

Tonight Aztec Temples at The Cookie, July 2016

I greet the members of Aztec Temples and their entourage. Then it’s time to see Faux Pas. The band from York is here in Leicester for the first time and the lead singer tells the audience what a wonderful city it is compared to their hometown. We are all impressed. The band commented on its Facebook page: ‘Its fair to say the 250 mile round trip has certainly been worthwhile, getting to play in the beautiful city of Leicester.’ Such nice boys.

Faux Pas in Leicester, from York.

Faux Pas in Leicester, from York. Photo: Pascal Pereira Photography.

The first thing to notice about the four members of this band is that they all look very young. Reuben Cowl asks the audience to welcome the band’s new drummer; “he is only 16” says the singer, making us wonder how hold he is.

Faux Pas guitarist

Morgan Lindley of Faux Pas in Leicester, 16th July 2016. Photo: Pascal Pereira Photography.

The indie-playing band has been together since December 2014, only a few months less than Aztec Temples. Fiesty music delivered with plenty of energy and strong vocals kept the audience firmly enthralled. Many people commented to me how promising this band is and in two years time could be really big.

Faux Pas lead singer

Reuben Cowl of Faux Pas in Leicester 16th July 2016. Photo: Pascal Pereira Photography.

I did see some of The Vim Dicta. On the band’s Facebook page it says their genre is ‘PsychoGroove’, a musical concoction they have been mixing since they started in January 2011. Hailing from Los Angeles the trio of musicians presented an interesting set.

The Vim Dicta in Leicester, 16th July 2016

The Vim Dicta in Leicester, 16th July 2016. Photo: Pascal Pereira Photography.

The story of the band has a familiar ring to it:

It all started with two friends in a garage, two guitars, some microphones and an 8-track recorder. The Vim Dicta formed in late 2011 amidst LA’s re-energized underground music scene and have worked hard writing and gigging to keep honing their sound and attract music fans looking for something unique and powerful.

The Vim Dicta has secured an impressive array of accolades from the media. Quite a few people were down in the basement, capitvated by the remarkably original sounds coming from the stage. A colleague of mine saw them recently and commented that they were “top drawer.”

Cori Elliott of The Vim Dicta in Leicester. Photo: Pascal Pereira Photography.

Cori Elliott of The Vim Dicta in Leicester.
Photo: Pascal Pereira Photography.

Writing for Metal Assault, Andrew Bansal summed it all up rather nicely:

Even for a person like me who attends shows and sees new bands on a nightly basis, the city of Los Angeles has always had the ability to spring a surprise, to unleash a gem of a talent hidden somewhere within it. Last night at the Satellite Bar in Silver Lake was one such occasion. The band I went to see is a Sliver Lake-based heavy psychedelic power trio called The Vim Dicta. To be honest, I knew very little about them but upon watching some of their YouTube clips yesterday morning I found their music interesting and worthwhile enough to go check out in the live setting. But there was still no sense of positive expectation, at all. So there I was at the Satellite, looking forward to discover what this band had in store for me.

Thank you Andrew; that puts into eloquent words much of what I would have said. If you are ever in Leicester, see me and I’ll buy you a beer for that.

The time came to see the headline band, Leicester’s Aztec Temples. I might start by mentioning the new single released recently by the band; details of ‘Places‘ are given on our page of record reviews.

Conor Simpson of Aztec Temples. Photo: Pascal Pereira Photography.

Conor Simpson of Aztec Temples.
Photo: Pascal Pereira Photography.

I have been an enthusiastic supporter of this band since they started. Why? Simple. I love their music. The songs they write are full of deliciously easy to remember melodies and tunes that stick in your mind. Writing music like that takes considerable ability.

Shay McDermott of Aztec Temples. Photo: Pascal Pereira Photography.

Shay McDermott of Aztec Temples.
Photo: Pascal Pereira Photography.

This band now has a growing fan base and frequently perform in venues outside of Leicester. Earlier today the band was on Radio Leicester. I am told that people there “loved the track.” Hardly surprising; ‘places‘ is a thumpingly good pop song.

Tom Dewsbury of Aztec Temples. Photo: Pascal Pereira Photography.

Tom Dewsbury of Aztec Temples.
Photo: Pascal Pereira Photography.

It is always good to see a local band getting somewhere. Where they were once limited to playing support slots now they can headline at gigs.

Lewis Brown of Aztec Temples. Photo: Pascal Pereira Photography.

Lewis Brown of Aztec Temples.
Photo: Pascal Pereira Photography.

Aztec Temples was our Band of the Month in May 2015

Tonight’s show was organised by JM Music Promotions and Management.

Here is a picture of its founder James Morris

James Morris of JM Music Promotions.

James Morris of JM Music Promotions.

16th July

Expedition to Enderby

Time to get out of the city centre for once.

Jonezy at Enderby festival, July 2016

Jonezy at Enderby festival, July 2016

My man Jones and me travel to the village of Enderby to join in a music festival.

15th July

The Shed

with The Rogues and The Decomposers.

The problem with trying to cover two gigs in one night is that you miss the headline band at one and you miss the support bands at the other. At The Shed tonight were March of Fate, Destinova and The Blacklist – all of which I did not get to see. I did however arrive in time to see The Rogues. They were good. A really enjoyable set of music. They came from Silsby, a market town on the southern Edge of the Lincolnshire wolds and birthplace of John Franklin, the sea-captain who died during an expedition to the Canadian Arctic, while attempting to chart the Northwest Passage. I am sure you are all anxious to know that!

The Rogues at The Shed July 2016

The Rogues at The Shed July 2016

Four guys playing contemporary indie music: Alex Martin (Lead Vocals and lead guitar), Sam Dawson (Bass and backing vocals, Ryan Frankish (Drums) and James Clark (Synth and backing guitar.) They say their influences includes The Libertines, Queens Of The Stone Age, Courteeners, Arctic Monkeys, Pete Doherty, Royal Blood and a few more for good measure. So, you can image what they sounded like – pretty damn good.

The Rogue's lead singer at The Soundhouse, July 2016

The Rogue’s lead singer at The Soundhouse, July 2016

Hear songs by the Rogues on Bandcamp

Watch The Rogues perform Numb The Pain

The other band I saw at The Shed tonight was called The Decomposers. Of the four musicians on stage, three were singing. Always a good sign. They gave us a set of strongly impressive songs that were bulging with beats and cartloads of commitment. Alt-rockers from Lincoln they are Matt Belton, Louis Belton, Mike Tierney, Ryan Donohue. To sum up: they were good.

Want to know more? Visit The Decomposers on Facebook

15th July

The Soundhouse

with Arc Isla, Caro and Alligatr.

Three good bands took to the stage tonight at The Soundhouse. Three bands is, in my view, a nice lineup; not too many and not too few; just right for a night. Opening up the programme tonight was Arc Isla. We saw this Nottingham band before; on 26th February they were at the O2 in Leicester supporting Aztec Temple’s début gig there.

Arc Isla at O2 Academy Leicester, February 26 2016

Arc Isla at O2 Academy Leicester, February 26 2016

What I said then would be equally applicable

The show was launched by Arc Isla, an indie band that started with a song that reminded me of Midnight Wire’s early tunes. Catchy, listenable and full of verve, this band set the night off to a flying start.

and I added

With their two singers the tunes danced off the stage and set many feet tapping and heads nodding. Enjoyable and pleasing sounds driven by intoxicating beats are what you would expect from this group of musos from Notts and Leics. In fact, these guys are recognisable from other bands that have played in this area; Edd Saffell, one of the guitarists, we have seen before in a band that bears his name.

[Music in Leicester]

What is clear from tonight’s performance is that these are four young men on a mission; plying loads of enthusiasm and commitment into their music, they gave us a set of songs saturated with delectable melodies and rhythms that were more than enough to launch a night of top-notch music.

Arc Isla at The Soundhouse, July 2016

Arc Isla at The Soundhouse, July 2016

Richly resonant beats bounced from the stage and it was one of those sets that took off from the word go. So, why do I like this band? Simple. they play music that makes me feel good and, judging from the reaction of the audience, I was not the only one.

Dan Breakell of Arc Isla at The Soundhouse, July 2016

Dan Breakell of Arc Isla at The Soundhouse, July 2016

Arc Isla’s songs have that immediately likeable passion that draws people into their music. It’s the kind of music that makes you want to get up and dance and had I been 20 years younger I would have done.

The three guys from Leeds, Caro gave us songs that were decidedly modern. Modern as in Radiohead and Bombay Bicycle Club.

Caro at The Soundhouse, July 2016

Caro at The Soundhouse, July 2016

What struck me about their work is that it sounded original, to my ears at least. Generally quite inventive and unusual sounds were laced with scintillating guitar passages. Let’s hope Caro make it back to Leicester some time soon; I am sure there are plenty of other people who would like to hear what they have to play.

Caro at The Soundhouse, July 2016

Caro at The Soundhouse, July 2016

You can hear Caro’s song Cold Comfort on Soundcloud

Tonight’s show was headlined by Leicester band Alligatr. MIL has reviewed them before. Back in May the band was on stage at the Glastonbudget festival

Alligatr at Glastonbudget 2016. © Pascal Pereira Photography

Alligatr at Glastonbudget 2016.
© Pascal Pereira Photography

In April we say them at The Musician, when we said

The stage was set for another great performance by Leicester band Alligatr. This quartet of local artists is led by singers Jonathan Doughty and Jack Birtwistle. A band with an attractive and very listenable and varied set of songs that has strong musical qualities, finely tuned and cunningly crafted. They deliver their songs with firm commitment; a group with no shortage of talent

[Music in Leicester]

Before that, In February, they found a place at the semi-finals of ‘Somesortofshowcase.’ Dig back even further and we find them playing with Midcity at The Cookie, in January 2015.

 

[Music in Leicester]

Staying at the Soundhouse would have been nice but I gave in to the lure of The Shed. I knew there would be some good bands to see there, so I hopped on my skateboard and arrived there a few minutes later.

14th July

Record Reviews

Recently updated and with some new tracks, our page Listening Post points you in the direction to Leicester’s new music.

Listening Post 2016

13th July

Clean Cut Kid

Clean Cut Kid

Fans of Liverpool band Clean Cut Kid might like to know that they are playing in Nottingham.

12th July 2016

Magic Teapot presents Weaves
The Musician

by Keith Jobey

What’s going on in Canada? Canadian bands are making some of the best new music around, and are regularly crossing the pond and tour the UK. Tonight, Magic Teapot promotions have brought Toronto band Weaves to the city.

Hula Girls at The Musician - 12th July 2016. Photo: Keith Jobey

Hula Girls at The Musician – 12th July 2016.
Photo: Keith Jobey

Hula Girls were last sighted in Leicester supporting The Wytches at the Cookie’s Handmade warm-up gig, where I speculated as to why they haven’t got a cult following. Watching them again tonight I realised perhaps they already have one, it’s just not very big in Leicester as yet, and I’m part of it. Now a three-piece with the addition of an extra guitarist to add fills and back up the surround racket, they rattle through a set of short, sharp, catchy songs. Check them out on Soundcloud and then come and join the cult following.

Courtney Askey at The Musician - 12th July 2016. Photo: Keith Jobey

Courtney Askey at The Musician – 12th July 2016.
Photo: Keith Jobey

Next, the ghostly apparition of Courtney Askey, ready to drive a stake into the heart of anyone willing to let her. The morphing of Courtney Askey from solo artist to band took another landmark step with the addition of guitarist Tiffany to the line-up. It wasn’t quite the full new line up since Andy is recovering at present and Ash Mammal’s Jeeves stood in on bass for the night, but it was a good indication of what to expect. Rumour has it they’re playing London soon, it could be another landmark step for them.

Weaves at The Musician - 12th July 2016. Photo: Keith Jobey

Weaves at The Musician – 12th July 2016.
Photo: Keith Jobey

“Come to Weaves” Ian of Magic Teapot told me, “they’re bendy!”  So I had a listen to them and figured out what he actually meant by bendy. A variety of styles and genres spread across songs. Their debut album is just out and this tour is in support of that, and as usual with this type of touring band, the musicianship is fantastic. They reminded me a little like Alabama Shakes at times, but a little harder, a little grungier, less bluesy. It wasn’t a large crowd, but somehow seemed busy, but next time they’re here, you can bet it will be busier.

9th July 2016

Kevin Hewick
The Criterion

by Keith Jobey

The Clash once sung ‘The band went in, and knocked them dead, in 2 minutes 59’. Well today, Kevin Hewick came in, and knocked us dead, in 2 hours 33.

A long set then, but by no means his personal best (that’s 4 hours 41 minutes). There were 24 songs in that time, ranging from his early days to songs that will feature on his next album. That’s quite a set, but to get a full appreciation of Kevin Hewick it’s the type of set you need as a minimum. And as is the norm for a Kevin Hewick gig it wasn’t all about the music as he regaled us between songs with numerous tales about his dreams, Jeremy Corbyn, Angela Eagle, mellotrons, religion, Ian Curtis, Factory records, Spotify, his new album… the list goes on.

Kevin Hewick at The Criterion - 9th July 2016. Photo: Keith Jobey

Kevin Hewick at The Criterion – 9th July 2016.
Photo: Keith Jobey

The Criterion has had a refurbishment lately, don’t worry it was nothing drastic. One notable change though is the screening off of the bar in the front room area when there is a gig on. This is great as it stops the chatter and clatter at the bar, while bringing an intimacy to the area, making the whole experience so much better as we supped our beers, listening to a master at work. Kevin later posted on social media ‘a very attentive, responsive, listening audience, it genuinely meant a lot to me’. Well Kevin, it meant a lot to us too, thank you.

Kevin Hewick at The Criterion - 9th July 2016. Photo: Keith Jobey

Kevin Hewick at The Criterion – 9th July 2016.
Photo: Keith Jobey

You can next catch Kevin at Simon Says Festival, where he has a solo set on Saturday and is part of the Lets Play Bowie act on Sunday. He hopes that new album will be available then, not on Spotify though!

9th July

Western Park

The annual festival of local music took place on Western Park today.

No More Heroes at Western Park festival 2016. Photo: Kevin Gaughan.

No More Heroes at Western Park festival 2016.
Photo: Kevin Gaughan.

Bands, singers and groups were there on several stages to provide a fine experience of live music at this free event.

Our report is available now.

8th July

Irene Rae

Irene Rae at the Musician, 8th July 2016. Photo: © Pascal Pereira Photography

Irene Rae at the Musician, 8th July 2016.
Photo: © Pascal Pereira Photography

Singer Irene Rae appeared at The Musician and Pascal Pereira was there to talk to her.
8th July

The Shed

with Poetman, The Whiskey Rebellion and Gentlemen of Few

Any appearance by Poetman is always good. He can get into a muddle with his visual aids, that is tue, but even this is funny. In some ways he is like a poetic version of Dave Gorman with his reflections on modern life.

Carlos Stein and Will Horspool (Poetman) at The Shed

Carlos Stein and Will Horspool (Poetman) at The Shed

On stage there were four members of The Whiskey Rebellion with an accordion, a violin and guitar and two good vocalists.

The Whiskey Rebellion at The Shed July 2016.

The Whiskey Rebellion at The Shed July 2016.

What they did was to give us some delicious gypsy rock that were lively and full of resonance. Some would want to compare them with The Brandy Thieves in their musical style. My conclusion: Superb. Very Enjoyable.

The Whiskey Rebellion at The Shed July 2016.

The Whiskey Rebellion at The Shed July 2016.

All the way from Kent, we were privileged to enjoy a set from Gentlemen of Few. From the Dover and Deal area of the south-east we saw a keyboard player, guitarist, banjo player, bassist and a trumpet player hidden at the back.

Gentlemen of Few at The Shed, July 2016.

Gentlemen of Few at The Shed, July 2016.

At the front was a bass drum and cymbals being operated by the feet of the guitarist. All four of them had microphones. Musically completely delightful with their set of own songs. The band has recently released an EP and tonight they sang some of the songs from it. Well harmonised voices and a strong sense of rhythm, their songs danced off the stage full of vibrancy and pizzazz.

Gentlemen of Few at The Shed, July 2016.

Gentlemen of Few at The Shed, July 2016.

A set that sustained our pleasure right from the start through to the finish. It was a privilege to have them in our humble city; their playing was skillful, well orchestrated and cleverly written. That all added up to music that was of immediate appeal and a group playing music of considerable ability. On stage, they certainly looked like they were enjoying it. Magic.

Gentlemen of Few at The Shed, July 2016.

Gentlemen of Few at The Shed, July 2016.

Songs by the band can be found on iTunes and Soundcloud.

2nd July

Killing time at Firebug

Times To Kill is a progressive/post-hardcore band from Leicester. Tonight they were on stage at Firebug with Archaea and Mad factor.

James Jearum of Times to Kill at Firebug, 1st July

James Jearum of Times to Kill at Firebug, 1st July

The lead singer of Times To Kill was James Jearum here seen along side bassist Tom Jearum. Tonight’s free gig drew quite a few people out for a line-up of bands all of which were good. Times To Kill say, on the band’s Facebook page, that its influences include:  Deftones, Fightstar, Exit Ten, Nobuo Uematsu, The Used, Rammstein, Karnivool, Linkin Park. So, you can see where they are coming from.

Times To Kill at Firebug, 2nd July

Times To Kill at Firebug, 2nd July

Their was full of passion and energy. Engaging music that was worth leaving the house for. Must see them again.

If you want to check the band’s music, they have some tracks up on Soundcloud.

There is a video of Times To Kill playing at tonight’s show on the band’s Facebook page.

1st July

Cabin Boys Storm Ship

with Arkiva, On Hollow Ground and Cabin Boy Jumped Ship upstairs
and Brandon Neal and Budgie Smugglers downstairs
at The Shed

Sometimes, a gig is just another gig. Tonight, was something else. A big night at The Shed. From the moment I walked in you could sense the difference, a scent of excitement in the air. You could tell straight away this was going to be an exceptional night.

Upstairs on the main stage, a band from Lincoln opened the show. They had played in Leicester three times before. What made them stand out was their lead singer Kyle Durham. He was one of those lead singers who radiated personality and presence. Arkiva gave us a great set of songs, pounding hugely good beats into the room. A suitably good start to the evening.

Kyle Durham from Arkiva

Kyle Durham from Arkiva

Downstairs, it was a pleasure to see Brandon Neal again. I saw him at The Shed a few days ago and was pleased to see him back again with his attractive set of songs. A performer who makes you sit up and listen; as I said last time his music is “engaging and appealing.”

It was a pretty good turnout tonight; the place was full of people having a good time. People were there with their friends, enjoying the social occasion and you felt you were somewhere were it was happening.

Technical difficulties at the start of the set by On Hollow Ground did not stop these guys from giving us a super set. With three spectacularly well-synchronised guitarists, they put on a show that was as exciting to watch as it was to listen to. They gave the room a real buz, driven by the seismic performance by their lead singer. Oh yes, and I loved the way the three guitarists stood as they played, their legs splayed out, looking very determined. Epic.

On Hollow Ground at The Shed, July1st

On Hollow Ground at The Shed, July 1st

Downstairs one of my favourite rock and roll bands were playing their way through a list of iconic covers from the 60s through to the 00s and more. Budgie Smugglers is a human juke box.

Budgie Smugglers at The Shed, July 1st

Budgie Smugglers at The Shed, July 1st

They even had a list of songs that members of the audience could request them to play. I remember seeing ‘God Save The Queen’ by the Sex Pistols on it. This is a band that gives you the right to party. It was a tribal occasion. A fantastic string of top-notch songs.

The night came to a climax when Cabin Boy Jumped Ship took to the stage. This Nottingham band delivered a set that was mind-blowing. It was colossal. Incendiary. The fans went crazy and there was much crowd-surfing – not something you see a lot of these days, compared to eight years ago when it was common place at Shed gigs. This electro-hardcore metal band created a stir on Facebook when they announced the launch of their new video and song Illusions on YouTube.
They told us that the band ‘infuse metal inspired hardcore riffs and hefty breakdowns with a subtle djent influence then mix it all up with a dose of filthy dubstep, euphoric trance and brutal screamed vocals.’ Well, you have to check that out! This was such an amazing experience. It shows what going to a big night of rock music is all about.

We saw them at The Soundhouse in 2014, so you might want to read what we said about them then

Cabin Boy Jumped Ship at The Soundhouse, October 10th 2014

Cabin Boy Jumped Ship
at The Soundhouse, October 10th 2014

Tonight’s show was put on by Dreaming In Colour Productions.

1st July 2016

Mountaintop Junkshop at Firebug & Chambers at Duffy’s

by Keith Jobey

Are your Ex Comets too spacey? Are your Death Rattles too loud? Do you crave for a bit of country? Well get yourself along to see Mountaintop Junkshop and treat yourself to a slice of ‘Leicestacana.’ There’s no reason you can’t like all three bands of course.

Mountaintop Junkshop at Firebug 1st July 2016 photo: Keith Jobey

Mountaintop Junkshop at Firebug
1st July 2016
photo: Keith Jobey

Similarities run through them, a rich vein of song writing that they mine and decide to use in whichever band it suits. Tunes, lyrics and band members fitting in where required. Tonight’s performance even featured pop-up poet Adrian Manning, who provides a reading of one of his poems towards the end of the title track of latest EP, Roman Candles and Red Lights.

Next it was off around the corner to Duffy’s, where Wake Up Promotions regular free entry Friday night gig was underway.

Chambers at Duffy's 1st July 2016 photo: Keith Jobey

Chambers at Duffy’s
1st July 2016
photo: Keith Jobey

Headliners Chambers were who we went to check up on. I last saw them play live in December last year. It’s been a busy time since then for the bluesy rock trio as they’ve been recording an album. Their set was a mixture of their own songs plus a few covers and I reckon they’re sounding good. I’ll be off to see them again. And that album, it’s due out this month.

See also:

Our monthly round-up of music in June.

Find out about Leicester’s music media.

MIL reports on the climax of the big metal movement.